OWNER: George Pataki
LOCATION: Lakeshore Road, Essex, NY
SIZE: 300+ acres
DESCRIPTION: Just a short walk outside the historic Village of Essex you'll fiind this wonderful farmhouse located on over 300 acres on Lake Champlain. Recent renovations have made this a perfect place for a family getaway or corporate retreat. The main house sleeps 8, add the Annex and the capacity expands to 15.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama has never been to the Adirondacks, but Molly Motormouth has. In fact Miz Motormouth, a friend and colleague of Your Mama, has intimate knowledge of the Adirondack region as her family has summered near Lake Placid for generations.
Turns out former Republican New York State Governor George Pataki has a thing for the rustic Adirondacks, where Miz Motormouth tells us the high profile politico recently purchased a 300+ acre farm fronting lovely Lake Champlain.
Motormouth Molly also managed to locate and provide Your Mama with a listing for the property which is, apparently and strangely, available for short term rental. What is unclear to Your Mama is the length of time $4,000 will buy you at the Pataki Farm. One week? One month? Anyone?
Pictures of the property, which includes private beach front as well as a private dock, are slim, but from the one available, it sure does look purdy. This is rustic simplicity and charm done correctly with a classic, elegant, and strict palette of green grass and white hydrangeas. Martha Stewart would be proud.
It's unlikely that Mister Pataki needs the income. So Your Mama wonders, why rent the place out at all?